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New Orleans Oyster Fest Returns This Weekend



Ask a bar full of locals whether they like there oysters charbroiled, chargrilled, fried, or raw, and you’ll busy for the next two hours hearing opposing views. However, all sides will be represented this weekend when fest season continues on with the annual New Orleans Oyster Festival. 


Shucking Right: Oyster Fest Winners


All that remains of the Sixth Annual New Orleans Oyster Festival are a lot of empty shells. However, in between the music and the eating, the event featured a few competitions. Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas retained her oyster eating title and  Bayley Mowatt of Baton Rouge was named the baddest shucker in town. And, an eight and a half inch long oyster submitted by a Port Sulphur fishermen was crowned the fest's largest.


About Shucking Time

Oyster Fest Returns This Weekend



It’s finally that shucking time of the year again. This weekend (5.30-5.31), the New Orleans Oyster Festival is back for its sixth year. The free festival, which takes place at Woldenburg Park, features live music, crafts, eating contests and perhaps most obviously, oysters. 


Half Shelled

P&J's Sal Sunseri Talks Oyster Issues Ahead of Fest



This weekend, New Orleanians will gather to celebrate the annual Oyster Festival, but in the unofficial “Oyster Capital of America,” all is not right. Five years after the explosion of BP’s oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, New Orleanians are still reporting problems caused by the oil that flooded the Gulf of Mexico. Sal Sunseri, co-owner of P&J Oyster Co. and co-founder of the New Orleans Oyster Festival talked with NoDef about the lingering effects.


Shuck Smoke: Kitchen Fire at Felix's


Quarter residents and visitors had a scare Thursday (4.16) morning when a fire broke out at oyster mecca, Felix’s (739 Iberville Street). In another stellar performance, the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) managed to get the blaze under control within 25 minutes.


The Love Shuck

On National Oyster Day, a Little History and a Big Recipe



For the bivalve lovers out there, today is going to be a good one — it’s National Oyster Day.


Oyster Eateries Shuck Up for Shell Recycling Program


BP money is still being figured out in court and Christmas trees won't be dropped again until next year. In the meantime, local restaurants are coming out of their shells for coastal restoration. The city's new Oyster Shell Recycling Program debuted over the weekend, resulting in more than 19,000 pounds of shells that will be used to help rebuild the coast.


The Shuck-town All Stars

Oyster Fest 2014 Explored



The New Orleans festival season rages on, and this weekend celebrates a seafood delicacy that can be cooked up more than a dozen ways. This Saturday, May 31st and Sunday, June 1, Woldenberg Park will harbor mollusk mavens for the fifth annual New Orleans Oyster Festival. NoDef got the inside scoop on this year’s celebration from Oyster Fest representative Jeffrey Ory.

 


Oyster Shuckers Get Cracking for Competition


You may think you can shuck an oyster, but have you seen a pro? New Orleans’ oyster shuckers are known for speed, strength, and attitude. Each year, they square off at the P&J Oyster Shucking Competition in hopes of being named the fastest shucker in the city. Tomorrow, organizers will hold a preliminary round ahead of the final competition at this weekend’s New Orleans Oyster Fest.

 


Feds: 2011 Gulf Fisheries Post Biggest Catch Since 1999


If a new federal report is accurate, it looks like Gulf fish have been listening to Ronnie LaMarque. A year after the Big Oozy, the Gulf of Mexico marine life showed that they were, in a word, resilient, as fishers reeled in the biggest catch since 1999  according to a new federal report. Louisiana yielded the second highest seafood totals in the nation, with 1.5 billion pounds recorded.


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